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HEALTH
February 17, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
Women troubled with hot flashes and unwilling to take hormones may have an alternative in gabapentin, a drug used to treat seizures and shingles pain. For 12 weeks, 59 women participating in a University of Rochester study took either gabapentin, 900 milligrams a day, or a placebo. The frequency and severity of hot flashes were reduced by 54% in the women taking gabapentin, compared with a 31% reduction in the women who took a placebo.
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HEALTH
February 28, 2005 | Linda Marsa, Special to The Times
Colleen Dawmen had been plagued for years by severe hot flashes that would wash over her dozens of times a day and awaken her, dripping with sweat, three or four times a night. "I'd get so overwhelmed by this furnace-like heat that I felt like my head was going to explode," says the 51-year-old nurse. She didn't want to take hormones, but black cohosh and progesterone cream had failed to curb her symptoms. "I was at the mercy of these hot flashes," she says.
NEWS
September 23, 1987 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
Joanne once told me she ate half a tube of Dentagard in the bathroom of a new lover's apartment because she felt faint from hunger but too shy to ask for food. And even then, when reduced to eating toothpaste, she remained nervous enough to carefully observe the direction in which the man had squeezed his tube, so as not to cause him any aggravation the next morning that might turn him against her. "We were big neurotics.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1997 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
In the pantheon of favorite topics for musicals, love stories loom large, from "Carousel" to "Camelot." And classics redux aren't far behind: "My Fair Lady," "Man of La Mancha," "The Wizard of Oz." But collaborators Barbara Schill and Dave Mackay don't have to worry about plowing worn-out terrain. They're the team behind a new musical revue about menopause. Yes, menopause. "Is It Just Me, or Is It Hot in Here?
HEALTH
March 31, 2003 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
After hearing last summer that hormone replacement therapy may do more harm than good, Donna Hayden tossed her supply of estrogen and progestin. That was the easy part. Within five days, the 56-year-old Costa Mesa woman developed hot flashes. Soon after, she began losing sleep and having trouble concentrating. Six weeks later, Hayden was on her way to the pharmacy to pick up a new supply of pills. "I felt like a junkie," she said. "But I had to go back on them."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Delivering estrogen through a melt-in-your-mouth tablet reduces the hot flashes of menopause without risking liver damage from larger doses that are required for pills that are swallowed, a study at the University of Southern California reports. The tablet dissolves over three to five minutes while held in the buccal, or hollow, cavity of the cheek. This allows the estrogen to enter the bloodstream through the cheek's mucous membrane rather than through the digestive system.
HEALTH
March 22, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
Q: Recently, I heard that there was a cream or ointment for getting rid of age spots. I think I heard it referred to as Hydroxycordone. I would like to get rid of my brown sunspots. A: The compound you heard of is hydroquinone. It is a bleaching agent that is applied to darker areas of skin (such as age spots or liver spots) to lighten them. Such spots are usually a result of sun damage. Hydroquinone is available in many over-the-counter lightening or fade creams. The compound is controversial, however.
HEALTH
May 3, 1999 | BARBARA J. CHUCK
Menopause is a stage of life for all women, with most reaching it in their 50s. In the months or years before this time when menstruation ceases, women may experience hot flashes, night sweats and trouble sleeping; mood swings and fatigue; unpredictable periods; decreased sex drive and vaginal dryness. There are, however, ways to alleviate some of these effects, including: * Understanding that you are not alone. Mood swings are common.
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